Amma means Mother
in many languages.
Her real name is
Born in a remote coastal village in southern India, Amma first began to embrace the people in her village as a way to ease their suffering.
Here's how a few world leaders and journalists have described their experiences with Amma.
Best known for her embrace, Amma also oversees an award-winning network of international charities.
Amma's will visit Northern California and Detroit from November 19th until November 28th.
Amma has completed the November retreats. Please check back in mid April for information about the Summer retreats.
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Everyone is always welcome: one-day visiting tourists, longer term visitors or serious spiritual seekers.
An International Network of
Active in 40+ Countries,
Collectively Known as
Embracing the World.®
an NGO with
Special Consultative Status
to the United Nations
Local groups are also called satsangs. It's a Sanskrit word, meaning true company.
A short and simple approach that anyone can learn, always taught free of charge.
Amritapuri is located in the picturesque village of Vallikavu, in the southern Indian State of Kerala.
Amma has never asked anyone
to change their religion.
Only to go deeper
into their values or faith,
and live by those
"Be like the honeybee who gathers only nectar wherever it goes. Seek the goodness that is found in everyone."
"Don't be discouraged by your incapacity to dispel darkness from the world. Light your candle and step forward."
"Where did we go wrong? The real mistake we commit lies in our inability to differentiate between requirements and luxuries."
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